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Madurai

Madurai

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Average Climate:
Summer: 25°C – 38°C 
Winter:    20°C – 32°C   
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About Madurai

Madurai is one of South India’s great temple towns and is synonymous with the celebrated Minakshi Temple. As early as the 3rd century BC, Megasthanes visited Madurai. Some 2,000 years ago it hosted the famous Sangams (gathering of writers and poets), which were to provide Tamil literature with some of its most enduring works. Later many people from Rome and Greece visited Madurai and established trade with the Pandya kings. From the 7th to 13th centuries, as the capital of the Pandyas, it saw art and trade flourish. Madurai flourished till 10th century AD when it was captured by Cholas the arch rivals of the Pandyas. It later became part of the Vijayanagar Empire and in the 16th – 17th centuries it was capital of Nayaka. Madurai is surrounded by several mountains. The Madurai city has 3 hills as its city boundary. It is famous for Jasmine flowers. Madurai was known to be the centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Today, Madurai is a modern commercial and industrial city. Madurai is known as `Athens of the East’ and is a place of great historical and cultural importance.

Tourist Attractions

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Sri Meenakshi Temples

s The enormous temple complex is dedicated to Shiva, known locally as Sundareshvara and his consort Parvati or Minakshi. Originally built by the early Pandyas (7th – 10th centuries), the temple grew with the contribution of each dynasty and victorious monarchs. The temple enormous complex extends over area of 65000 Sq. m. The temple is within a high walled enclosure and has four towering gopurams with their brightly painted sculptures are spectacular. The 1,000 pillar mandapam here has some beautifully carved columns and displays of art. View from any angle to these pillars appear to be in a straight line, an architectural masterpiece indeed In the outermost corridors are situated the matchless musical pillars carved out of stones.

Thirumalai Nayak Palaces

Koodal Azhagar Temples

St. Mary"s Cathedral Churchs

Hotel

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Heritage Madurai

Madurai,India

Heritage Madurai comprises 72 rooms including 35 villas. The old colonial bungalows have been refurbished maintaining that traditional South Indian flavor, only found in Madurai. Spacious, airy rooms with detailed sitting areas, luxurious bedrooms and unbelievably vast bathrooms, all decorated with understated elegance. A throwb...
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The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Madurai

Madurai,India

The hundred year-old celebrated colonial property is perched atop the Pasumalai hill, amidst 63 acres of landscaped gardens, colonial buildings and natural bliss. The hotel offers a panoramic view of the famous MeenakshiTemple, Madurai City and the Kodai hills.The well-appointed rooms are outfitted in colonial-style charm....